Summer is here and the warmer temperatures may have been the reason for the rain we had in May. Usually April is our wettest month, but almost ten inches fell in May. The rain caused the aquifer level to go up several inches, but we are still under Stage Two water use restrictions, so conserve as much as possible.

One way to reduce water use is to convert part of your garden to a xeric garden using drought tolerant plants. There are two more recent additions in the neighborhood. One is at 615 Cedar and the other is at 337 Wickes. Both use a variety of plants that provide color. A free list of drought tolerant plants is on the front porch of the King William Assoc. office.

Another way to reduce water usage is to reduce the amount of grass in your yard by installing a new patio. SAWS has a program that pays residential customers up to $200 to help pay the cost of a new patio. The program runs through July 31st. For details call 704-7297, or go online to SAWS.org.

It seems that summer has just arrived, but it is not too soon to think about planting fall vegetable gardens. Transplants should be available in early July, especially for tomatoes.

Hummingbirds are fun to watch from a window or as you sit on the porch or patio. Buy a feeder with several spouts because once it is discovered it should attract a crowd. The recipe for their food is 1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup warm water. Clean the feeder at least once a week.

Garden Note: Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. - Frank Lloyd Wright.